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Indigenous artillery gun passes validation tests

The advanced towed artillery gun system met Army specifications, officials said.

The advanced towed artillery gun system met Army specifications, officials said.

The Indigenous Advanced Towed Artillery Gun System (ATAGS) developed by the Defense Research and Development Organization (DRDO) in conjunction with private industry achieved a major milestone this week by successfully completing validation trials to meet Army specifications.

The week-long Preliminary Quality of Service Requirements (PSQR) validation retests were conducted at the Pokhran firing ranges from April 26 to May 2.

“The reliability of the guns was proven by successfully carrying out two second lines of fire. Accuracy and consistency were achieved, intense and intense timed series were also successfully assessed in the trials,” a DRDO official said. The Hindu.

“Following this, there are lawsuits for Electromagnetic interference/ Electromagnetic compatibility ( NDE/ EMC) and Director General Quality Assurance (DGQA) which are scheduled for May. The Request for Proposal (RFP) will be published afterwards. We expect it by June.

Strict specifications

Stating that there are very strict specifications for accuracy consistency, officials said performance during testing was well within specification. “Weapons from both companies worked well. The successful revalidation tests pave the way for the commissioning of ATAGS,” the official said.

The ATAGS is a 155mm, 52 caliber heavy artillery gun jointly developed by the Armament Research and Development Establishment (ARDE), the Pune-based DRDO laboratory, in partnership with Bharat Forge and Tata Group.

“The 155/52mm ATAGS jointly developed by DRDO (ARDE) and TASL successfully completed PSQR firing trials today. A true example of public-private partnership leading to a world-class weapons system entirely designed and developed in India. Such a weapon system is highly strategic for India,” Tata Advanced Systems Limited said on Twitter on Monday.

As of August 2018, the Defense Acquisition Board had approved the purchase of 150 of these weapons at an approximate cost of ₹3,365 crore which would be split between the two companies. The deal will be split in a ratio of 60:40 between the lowest bidder (L1) and L2. The army needs 1,580 artillery guns in this category.

As previously reported, in the past, the military had flagged the issue of being overweight relative to its requirements, which officials said had been resolved. The military wanted the weight to be around 18 tonnes so it could be carried in the mountains and is now broadly within that range, officials had said earlier.

The ATAGS demonstrated a range of over 45 km, and one official called it “the most consistent and accurate gun in the world”. It boasts the shortest minimum high-angle range and quick mobility in desert and mountainous terrain, in addition to autonomous firing capability and wireless communication, officials said. It was designed to fire all ammunition in service with a fully automatic ammunition handling system with all electronic drives, the official added.